Dufour 38 Classic

1998 Dufour 38 Classic in a popular 3 cabin layout is a highly sought after yacht and this one is in exceptional condition.

"DREAM CATCHER" is exclusively for sale with DBY Boat Sales.

Built in 1998 when production boats were known for durability and strength.

The Dufour 38 Classic is a fine example of a production yacht. Dufour sailboats have a reputation for being seagoing passagemakers. The builder has a philosophy that stresses a combination of performance and comfort under all manner of weather conditions. The 38 Classic crosses oceans happily and is as at home in the Virgin Islands as the English Channel or sailing The Pacific. The 38's underbody, with its fin keel and fine entries, combines speed and stability with fingertip control, even when reefed in heavy weather.

The 38 has a streamlined deckhouse and slight sheer typical of modern-day cruising boats, with a nicely executed reverse transom that allows for the obligatory swimming and boarding area. It's a good looking yacht, and has a large comfortable cockpit with nicely contoured seats. Wide sidedecks make it possible to move forward safely and rapidly, using the long grabrails on the cabintop. All halyards and sail controls are led aft to the cockpit, and there are self-tailing Lewmars either side of the companionway. A large anchor locker and hefty bow roller clearly make this a boat that rejoices in easy anchoring. A small teak seat is in the bow pulpit.

Visibility from the helm is exceptional, and there is some separation from the crew working the jib and mainsheets, the latter being set over the cabinhouse, giving excellent control of the main. The liferaft stows under the aft helm seat and is close to hand. A convenient grab handle rises from the compass binnacle, and doubles as an instrument bracket. The same fitting also supports the cockpit table and is an excellent place to hold on in rough weather. This is a comfortable seagoing cockpit that very much fits with the character of this boat as a serious passagemaker.

The companionway leads into a large, well-ventilated saloon a dinette to starboard and a slightly curved galley counter to port, with gas stove, deep chest style refrigerator, and lockers. It's very liveable since the cook can simply hand food or drink across to the seated crew. The solid backrest of the midships dinette bench serves as a strategic support for the cook under way, and most things can be reached from this bracing position. The counter space is truly enormous. A well-equipped navigation station, moderm Raymarine electronics with hinged chart table and bench seat is aft of the dinette, with a chart light, nicely placed locker, space for bino's and the electric panel close to hand. There is a large drawer for charts under the table.

The interior is finished with a white deckhead and veneered mahogany, a Dufour trademark, which gives a pleasing effect with its carefully chosen grain patterns. Moving fore and aft under way is made easier by rounded grabrails on either side of the deckhead and the dinette seat back. It's a very comfortable boat. The main stateroom is a large V-berth forward, a head and shower to starboard with a hanging locker opposite. This is in addition to the head that is already slotted in aft of the galley on the port side.

The head is roomy and nicely designed with a comfortable teak shower seat. Two double berths in symmetrical cabins on either side of the companionway under the cockpit, each with its own hanging lockers. Engine access is excellent and achieved by removing the companionway and the engine cover on either side inside the aft cabins.

There are cruising boats that make for comfortable short passages and brief cruises, and then there are cruising boats that have a certain indefinable quality to them that hints at longer voyages and taking any weather the elements throw in along the way. The Dufour has this latter quality and exudes the manners and solidness of a thoroughly confident cruising yacht.

She is easily sailed single-handed or by a couple. A perfect boat for those wanting to sail locally or around Australian waters and will happily take you into The Pacific and beyond, especially if you plan to only have a small crew.

Recent antifoul carried out in May 2024.

Arrange your inspection before it’s too late.

For sale with DBY Boat Sales Pittwater Office in Newport. Please call +61 2 9999 3311 for an inspection. For additional high resolution photos and detailed inventory, please email sales@dbyboatsales.com.au.


Price: $159,000.00 AUD
Price Base: $159,000.00
Model: 38 Classic
Length: 38.00 Feet
Year: 1998
Category: Cruising Yachts
Hull Type: Fibreglass
Hull Style: Single
Power Type: Sail
Type Of Sales: Dealer
Engine Make:
Engine Type: Volvo MD2040
Condition: Used
State: New South Wales
Registration Expiry Date: 30.10.24
HIN Number: AUWWA059941BH8
Stock Number: DBY00045
Registration Number: 011033N
Designer : Chabaud & Poncin
Builder : Dufour Yachts France
Water (Potable) Capacity (l) : 2 x 150 litres (300 total)
Hull Construction Material : Fibreglass
Hull Type : Mono
Deck Construction Material : Fibreglass
Country Origin : France
Length (feet) : 38 feet
Length (m) : 11.98 m
Length Waterline (m) : 9.80 m
Beam/Width (m) : 3.80 m
Draft (m) : 1.45 m
Keel/Ballast : 2100 kg
Number of Helms : 1 x Wheel with autopilot
Displacement : 6,560kg
Number Of Engines : 1
Engine Standard : Volvo MD2040
Stroke : 4
Engine Hours : Unable to read tacho
Horse Power (hp) : 40
Drive Type : Saildrive
Number of Batteries : 1 engine crank plus 4 house
Fuel Type : Diesel
Number of Fuel Tanks : 1
Fuel Tank Capacity (L) : 160
Propeller : 2 blade fixed prop
Accommodation Notes : Generous Saloon to Midships, linear galley with 3 cabin layout
Number of Berths : 6
Number of Showers : 3 - 2 inside, 1 at the transom swim platform.
Shower Type : Hot and cold pressurised plus transom swim platform shower
Number of Toilets : 2
Toilet Type : 2 x manual marine
Holding Tank (L) : 2 x 60 l
Galley Notes : Galleyware, Bowl , Plate, Wine Drinkware Set all included.
Stove : 2 Burner Gas + Oven and Grill
Refrigeration : 1 x 12v Chest Fridge, plus room for additional fridge if required.
Number of Sinks : 2 stainless steel
Entertainment and Appliances Notes : MS-RA70 Stereo BT/USB, Fusion Link , AM/FM
Anchor / Winch : 1 X Loffrans Electric Winch 1 x CQR Anchor 70m of chain plus a back up CQR Anchor with chain and rope 70m of Chain
Bilge Pump : 1 x Manual + 1 x Electric + 1 x Engine Driven
Deck Gear : 2 x Halyard ST Winches 1x Halyard Winch 2x Primary ST Winches 1x Stainless Steel BBQ Cockpit Shower
Mast/Rigging : Rigging Replaced in 2020
Sail Inventory : Jib Furler new in 2022 1 x Fully Battened Mainsail New 2020 1 x Furlling Headsail New 2021 1x Symmetrical Spinnaker with Sock New 2021 1 x Try Sail New 2021 1 X Gale Sail New 2021
Electrics : 1 x Starter Battery New 2022 4 X House 100 Ah Lithium Battery New 2022 2 x 100W + 2 x 180W Solar Panels New 2019 Victorian MPPT Solar Regulator 100V/30A Victron Orion Smart DC/DC 12V Isolated charger new 2022 Victor Phoenix Smart Inverter 12V 1600 230V new 2022. 12v Lighting Convert All Lighting To LED new 2019. 240v shore power and lead.
Electronics Navigation : Autohelm ST5000+ Auto Pilot, Sounder, Wind Instruments. Plus Iridium go, set up for weather and email, text. Weather set up for predict wind offshore weather and weather routing services. Raymarine Axiom 9 MFD Chart Plotter New 2019 with Navionic Chart Card 2022Raymarine AIS700+ New 2022. Raymarine Radar Quantum mount on mast New 2022 Raymarine Auto Pilot Type 1 Mechanical Linear Drive new 2022 One old one as spare
Dinghy : AB Lammina 9 AL ALUMINUM TENDERS New 2022 with 3.3 HP Mercury New 2022 Lammina. #AL AB Aluminium hull open tender #Deep "V" Marine Grade Aluminium Hull # Heavy Duty Transom Knee #Non-Skid Rubber Floor Panels #Plastic External Transom Plate # Aluminium Internal Transom Plate with Security Lip #Aluminium Bow Eye # 3 Aluminium Davit Lifting Points #Deck Drain with Plug #Orca (CSM) Five Layer Coated Fabric #Raised Single Rub Rail
Safety Gear : 1 x Torches, 3 X Fire Extinguisher , 1X Fire Blanket, Coastal Flares, 1 EPIRB , Great Circle Ocean Master 6 persons Life rafts New 2022 with 1 EPIRB, 1 x Horns , One Mirrors Reflective & Vsheet, Rada Reflecter, Dan Buoys & Man Overboard , Lifebuoys & Slings all New 2022 Paper Charts for NSW and Whitsundays.
Covers : Main Sail Cover, Cockpit Awning, Bimini, Hatch Cover , Winch Cover , Helm Cover, Seat Cover
Ground Tackle : 1 X Loffrans Electric Winch 1 x CQR Anchor 70m of Chain
Radio : Icom ICM- 423GB VHF Marine Rodio New 2022
Number of Life Jackets : Crewfit 180N Pro Automatic Harness with 6 Jackstays
Anti-foul : May 2024
EGC Price : $159,000